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Foreign investments in U.S. commercial real estate are growing

Texas entrepreneurs may be interested to know that foreign investors are pumping billions of dollars into the United States in the form of foreign direct investment in commercial real estate. Analysts are predicting that the investment numbers are tracking upward.

Opportunities to invest in real estate

Warehouses in Texas and throughout the country have risen in demand in recent years. In the first three months of 2018, industrial retail sales were $16 billion, which is a 20 percent increase from a year ago. Furthermore, vacancy rates are down to 5.1 percent. Industrial spaces have become more popular because they don't take as much money to own and operate. They are also in demand because of the rise of e-commerce.

What does uneven inflation mean for investors?

Economic trends are showing signs of inflation in Houston and throughout the United States. The normal cues for inflation are occurring in different areas of the marketplace and evidenced by increased construction costs, labor shortages and rising costs of commodities. High-performing companies shielded from inflation risks include online retail giants like Amazon, whose approach to maintaining profit margins has given it an advantage.

Gucci and Guess fashion brands resolve trademark disputes

Consumers in Texas might not realize the legal difficulties that sometimes flare up among their favorite fashion brands. For example, luxury brand Gucci has been battling Guess for nine years in multiple countries. Gucci alleged that the diamond pattern logo for Guess represented a direct copy of its trademark. After litigating the issue around the world, the companies announced that they have settled their disagreements concerning intellectual property.

UFC flyweight fighter being sued by ex-manager

A former UFC flyweight title challenger is currently being sued by his ex-manager for fraud and breach of contract. The lawsuit claims that the management firm arranged a five-fight deal for the fighter with the UFC but only received compensation for one fight. A major contest that was planned to take place in Texas this year has been rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile.

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